Phragmipedium besseae

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Phragmipedium besseae
Phragmipedium besseae Orchi 2012-10-17 001.jpg
Flowers of Phragmipedium besseae
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Cypripedioideae
Genus: Phragmipedium
Species: P. besseae
Binomial name
Phragmipedium besseae
Dodson & J.Kuhn
  • Paphiopedilum besseae V.A.Albert & Börge Pett

Phragmipedium besseae (Pronunciation:fraig-mi-PEE-dee-um BESS-ee-ay) is an orchid species of the genus Phragmipedium. It is a terrestrial orchid native to the wet montane forests on the eastern slope of the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.[2]

Phragmipedium besseae hybrid


It has 13–30 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, dull green, keeled leaves. The inflorescence is 1-6 flowered, opening sequentially, up to 50 cm long, brown, pilose. It has flowers 6–9 cm wide, 1​12 to 2​12" (4 to 6.5 cm), pouch with translucent windows. Phragmipedium besseae is also known to produce long rhizomes.[3]


  1. ^ Rankou,H. (2016)"Phragmipedium besseae". In IUCN 2014. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.1.
  2. ^ The Gore Orchid Conservatory
  3. ^ Slipperfreak 2007 Phragmipedium besseae

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